Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865.
The Literary Works of Abraham Lincoln, Selected, with an Introduction, by Carl Van Doren and with Illustrations by John Steuart Curry. Menasha, Wis.: Printed for the Members of the Limited Editions Club by the Collegiate Press, 1942.
Some historians believe that Lincoln wrote the entire Gettysburg Address from scratch in minutes on the train to Gettysburg. Although it is probably one of the most famous orations of all time, it consists of only 272 words, and can be read in only two minutes.